Shoppers and sustainable businesses get it together!
THE POWER OF POSITIVE SHOPPING connects shoppers with sustainable producers, creative makers and ethical service providers from the heart of our communities
Positive Shopping for trade professionals
We’re big fans of museums and independent shops and we help trade professionals such as specifiers, buyers, interior designers, architects and local authorities to connect with sustainable brands and service providers.
Blue Patch’s retail partnerships are growing so we’ve opened up membership of the Blue Patch directory to trade professionals to feature their shops and services on Blue Patch as well as join in with The Power Of Positive Shopping , benefitting from marketing exposure – we pop the corks and hang out the flags when stockists and suppliers get together!
Looking for specific products? We provide buyer guides so professionals can view brands that meet their requirements. We also provide ‘meet the supplier’ sessions, making it easy to ask questions and order, commission free, from the brands themselves.
We want everyone to enjoy beautiful products,commission-free, produced with the planet in mind!
Working Towards Net Zero
With the UK signed up to be Net Zero by 2050, businesses must reduce their carbon footprints. Blue Patch’s free programme LET’S DO NET ZER0 is helping our business members to audit and reduce emissions in line with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, so we can meet the legally binding carbon targets. In addition to reducing C02, we foster circularity, encourage members to reduce waste and audit their supply chains, including the provenance of materials and processes.
The Power Of Positive Shopping Pops Up!
Happy Planet Store, Manchester
Our Happy Planet Store featuring 36 sustainable brands, opened at Manchester Art Gallery in January 2022. It had been a tough few years for everyone with rising costs and labour shortages, then the tragic war in Ukraine; The Happy Planet happened at a less than happy time, but we’re so glad we did it and we made great friends with the Museum team!
“Manchester Art Gallery is very happy to be hosting Blue Patch at the gallery, as part of our drive to support a more sustainable and ethical economy and switch to an ecologically sound way of life. The gallery has always had a role as a kind of ‘regulator valve’ as Manchester has grown from a town to a super city, championing the role of both ethics and aesthetics in the development of a healthy society. Manchester has set a zero carbon target for 2038 and this project underlines our commitment to achieving this goal, and at the same time supports the growth of community owned green energy across the land.” Alistair Hudson, Director
In 2022 we hosted our first meet the supplier zoom and it was great! The Buyer was able to be spontaneous with questions and get a real feel for the ethical stance of the produces, saving time and money. We’re up for doing more!
A brief history of Positive Shopping
2016: Our first sustainable department store popped-up for a day in Dulwich, London. There were 70 brands, a pop up cafe, cookery displays, talks on the sustainable high street hosted by local MP Helen Hayes, workshops on sustainable living and craft demonstrations.
2017: We partnered with The Collaborative Store in Marylebone. This high end, design-led store hosted our members, enabling them to reach a sophisticated customer-base.
2018: We held a week long sustainable Christmas pop-up in Shoreditch, London. There was a gloriously crowded opening party featuring the presentation of the Blue Patch Sustainability Awards. Events included a business hub, breakfast lectures by retrofit architects and co-active business coaching. We also organised workshops throughout the week including Christmas wreath, shoe and cocktail mixing (and drinking) workshops.
2019: We held a three-week sustainable pop-up for The Whitworth in Manchester. The ‘Useful museum’ concept instigated by museum director Alistair Hudson enabled us to bring business and art into one space.
2020: The pandemic pressed pause on our Manchester Art Gallery pop-up, but the museum hosted our online Blue Patch Eco-store.
2022: The Happy Planet Store opened for a three month pop-up, as the world emerged from the pandemic.
“I visited the Blue Patch Collective’s first ‘High St’ Sustainable Department Store in Shoreditch and discovered a blueprint for a new retail experience. Blue Patch is a shining example of how a collective of UK SMEs are working together to rebuild retail, filling the gaps left by conventional models. Socially engaging with free talks and creative workshops, the store highlighted the exceptional quality of products hot from the UK’s workshops, artisans and heritage manufacturers. I wish them luck on their journey to bring life back to the high streets across the country.” Bill Grimsey is a former chief executive of Wickes and Iceland, author of The Grimsey Review and ‘Sold Out’. An astute commentator Bill is one of the UK’s leading experts on the High Street.
We’d love to work with you
If you like the sound of The Power Of Positive Shopping, we love to introduce you to our great brands and we’re always keen to hear ideas!
Please contact Jane Langley on firstname.lastname@example.org 02077387267 / 07792726842